Residents are reminded that Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – crisis grants are now available for qualifying families facing home heating emergencies.
“LIHEAP crisis grants address emergencies such as broken heating equipment, a lack of fuel, or a danger of being without fuel,” said State Rep. Pam Snyder. “The grants are a key part of the safety net, as a recent report noted that almost 16,000 Pennsylvania households entered the winter season without heat-related utility service.”
Information and applications for LIHEAP are available by contacting county assistance offices. Residents also may apply for LIHEAP online at www.compass.state.pa.us.
Households who have already received a cash grant this year and find themselves in a heating emergency do not need to complete another application. Unless households have had a change in address or other circumstances, family members can simply call the assistance office to request the crisis grant.
A family of four with an annual income of up to $34,575 may qualify for assistance.
More information on the LIHEAP program is available online at the state Department of Public Welfare’s website, www.dpw.state.pa.us, and by clicking on “For Adults.”
More utility and energy-related information is available by visiting the state Public Utility Commission website, www.puc.pa.gov, and clicking on “Prepare Now” or by calling the PUC toll free at 1-800 692-7380. Energy-saving tips also are available online at www.energysavers.gov.
Snyder said she also wanted to remind residents that toll increases along the Pennsylvania Turnpike will take effect Sunday.
“It’s a 2 percent toll increase for those paying with E-ZPass,” Snyder said. “However, it’s a 10 percent toll increase for cash-paying customers.”